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Webcams

Butterfleye wireless home surveillance camera

Butterfleye is a wireless home surveillance camera that’s joining the growing ranks of intelligent, smartphone connected webcam systems designed to keep watch while you’re out and about. In addition to allowing you to check in on a live video feed whenever you like via iPhone, this smart camera comes equipped with a thermal sensor, motion detector, and facial recognition technology.  Read More

Amaryllo’s iCam HD on display at IFA 2013

While just about any webcam will work for Skyping, your best bet would presumably be to use one that’s actually designed for – and licensed by – Skype. Well, that's just what Amaryllo’s iCam HD is. More specifically, it’s the world’s first HD wireless video-streaming camera to be licensed by the company.  Read More

Logitech has announced the business-focused full HD Webcam C930e, with an industry-leading...

Logitech has pulled back the curtain on a new business webcam that's claimed to deliver the widest field of view in its class. The full HD-capable C930e can also process video in-camera to help reduce computer processor and network strain, and comes with the company's own RightLight 2 technology that automatically adjusts the image for improved visual quality in low-lighting situations.  Read More

The Logitech Broadcaster Wi-Fi Webcam

Logitech has just introduced a new HD camera specifically geared towards vloggers. It is also designed to work with Apple products only, so Windows users will have to look elsewhere for their broadcasting goodness. It actually integrates with a Mac's existing webcam, so it can serve as a second perspective to bring more professional quality to live streamers and video bloggers.  Read More

Ecobeneficios' GreenCam app uses the computer cam to sense when the user walks away and tu...

Computing guzzles a great deal of electricity and striving for greater energy efficiency both saves money and decreases greenhouse gas emissions. Although computers already come with energy-saving mechanisms, such as sleep mode and other power saving features set by users, there's always room for improvement. This is the idea behind Ecobeneficios’s Greencam. The Brazilian company has launched a PC app that automatically turns off the user’s monitor when he or she walks away from it.  Read More

Flutter uses a computer's built-in webcam to allow gesture control in iTunes and Spotify

While developers are plugging away on Windows applications for Microsoft’s Kinect thanks to the release of the official Kinect for Windows SDK, Mac users can also get into the gesture control game – albeit in a much, (much) more limited way. Not requiring any additional hardware because it works using a Mac's built-in webcam, Flutter registers hand gestures – well, a hand gesture – to control playback in iTunes and Spotify.  Read More

iPet Companion Home Version allows people to remotely play with their pets in real time, v...

If you own a dog or a cat and are having a hard day at work, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to take a break and play with them? Well, if you’ve got the money, now you can do it – via the internet. A consumer version of a system already in use at some U.S. animal shelters, iPet Companion Home Version lets computer users remotely control dog or cat toys located in their home, watching their pets reacting to those toys’ movements in real time. For some people, it could be the biggest workplace distraction since Facebook.  Read More

The view of Mount Everest provided by the world's highest webcam

After starting out producing security cameras, German-based Mobotix is now taking video surveillance to new heights – literally. One of the company’s type-M12 cameras has been situated at an altitude of 5,643-meters (18,514 ft) on the Kala Patthar mountain to stream high definition images of the summit of the nearby 8,848-meter (29,029 ft) high Mount Everest. The solar-powered webcam takes the title of the world’s highest webcam from the now second highest webcam in the world located at the 4,389-meter (14,400 ft) high base camp of Mount Aconcagua in Argentina.  Read More

iCam uses a webcam and colored controllers for motion controlled learning fun

Motion controlled videogaming, ushered in by Nintendo’s Wii and joined by the PlayStation Move and Kinect, has opened up a whole new market of casual gamers – not least of all because of the ease with which previous non-gamers can get into the action without the need to learn complicated button layouts on a traditional controller. Educational toy company Comfy figured that such ease of use is ideal for its target audience of kids aged four to eight and has released a motion controlled education game console called iCam that has been dubbed “the baby Wii.”  Read More

The Curiosity Cam live video feed allows the public to watch technicians assemble and test...

Technicians from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have set up a live feed webcam inside the clean room of the Mars Science Laboratory in Pasadena, California. There's no audio but anyone can tune in and watch them put NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover together. On those rare occasions when nothing much is going on in the lab, the feed will be supplemented with interview footage from team members.  Read More

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